cikli_ta and s'ri_: soma and prosperity
kalyan99 at NETSCAPE.NET
Thu Jan 20 07:03:33 UTC 2000
Cross-posted from indo_iranian list:
Haoma yasna is a relic of the Soma yajn~a, after the
quartz was substituted by a 'plant' in the ritual
version of the earlier metallurgical process
elaborated in the Rigveda.
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Soma was indeed a quartz purified to yield gold and
silver using fire and other sacrificial materials
which are the devata_ names (na_man). A na_man is a
san~jna_; many are api_cya (hidden). The A_pri (RV
5.5.10) asks Vanaspati to carry oblations to a region
where the secret names of gods are known. The name of
soma in such a region is known to inmates of the
region but not to his parents (RV 9.75.2). Soma, when
purified flows to a good and secret name (RV 9.96.16).
Soma gets the secret name (RV 9.75.2)during
purification byu Sotr. In this setting, ghr.ta_ is
also a devata_ (RV 4.58.10-11). Hiran.ya (zaran.ya in
Av.) is mentioned in the Khilasu_kta of Rigveda (4.6):
Verses 5 and 6: "The gold which is produced from Agni
has becfome immortality among men. One who knows this
deserves to have it. One who holds it does of old age.
This secret which is known to king Varun.a, known to
goddess Sarasvati_, known to Indra, the killer of
Vr.tra, may it be conducive to my vital energy and
Dr. S. Kalyanaraman
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